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Old 05-12-18, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Reticulated Python Iridescence

I was just wondering if all reticulated pythons morphs have an iridescence to them, or if it's only certain ones. Do albinos have it? Dwarves and SD?

Thanks for helping a retic noob
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Re: Reticulated Python Iridescence

The albinos do have a sheen to them but not the rainbow iridescence.





The ones with the best iridescence are the darkest morphs like the Goldenchild.
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Most reticulated pythons show some level of iridescence, especially after a shed. But if you want iridescence there are better snakes that are easier to take care of, such as white lipped pythons, and Brazilian Rainbow boas.
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Most reticulated pythons show some level of iridescence, especially after a shed. But if you want iridescence there are better snakes that are easier to take care of, such as white lipped pythons, and Brazilian Rainbow boas.
I'm not sure I'd say either of those are easier to take care of. WLPs get pretty big, although their care seems to be simple. They also aren't as commonly CBB as retics or BRBs, which can cause issues when a newbie tries to care for them. Parasites, failure to thrive, defensiveness, etc.

BRBs are extremely sensitive to husbandry mistakes, though they stay a small and manageable size.

If nothing else, I would put all three at about the same level of care. SD retics are also something to look into, as they should stay a small manageable size. High percentages of SD and also non-morph (unless anery) seem to stay the smallest, mixing in mainland blood can result in larger snakes.
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Re: Reticulated Python Iridescence

As far as I know, retics don't have a particular iridescence to them. however, there are many types of snakes that do have a very iridescent look.

brazilian rainbow boas and Colombian rainbow boas are known for their iridescence and stay quite a bit smaller than a retic.

some of the liasis genus of snakes also tend to have visual iridescence, but are far less common and usually get bigger.

also might be a good idea to look into sunbeam snakes, super iridescent and stay very small. not sure how easy they are to keep tho.
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Most reticulated pythons show some level of iridescence, especially after a shed. But if you want iridescence there are better snakes that are easier to take care of, such as white lipped pythons, and Brazilian Rainbow boas.
Brazilian Rainbows are NOT easy to take care of and should not be recommended as snakes for beginners. I've been struggling with "failure to thrive", very poor feeding response and multiple regurgitations with my baby BRB (Jerkface) since late February. His temps and humidity are well within the narrow range and still he's failing.

For the love of BACON, please stop recommending BRBs as easy care snakes for beginners. I am a beautiful example of why.
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I was just wondering if all reticulated pythons morphs have an iridescence to them, or if it's only certain ones.

From what I've seen, Golden Child and it's related morphs (Motley GC, etc.) seem to have the best iridescence. Maybe it's just easier to see on them because of the reduced background colour, but they really do look beautiful. That also goes for the dwarf varieties.
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